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I am currently a Research Fellow in the Medical School at Australian National University. Previously I have been postdoctoral research in the Institute of Ethics at Dublin City University, and a Visting Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. Whilst at DUC I was part of a project on ethics and end of life care and my recent publications have focused on this area. 

More generally, my research falls under the broad rubric of Bioethics. My background is in philosophy and 'applied ethics' my interests are interdisciplinary. I am less interested in applied ethics and normative solutions to the substantive ethical dilemmas of medicine and medical practice than I am with 'meta-bioethical' questions of ethics as an aspect of professional practice and our broader culture and society. To this end I am mostly interested in using social theory to examine how morality and ethics are produced, reproduced and 'done' in various domains of medicine and healthcare including clinical practice, medical education, governance, management and academia. I am therefore interested in reflexively situating academic bioethics as an aspect of our social, cultural and political engagement with the moral and ethical questions of medicine, healthcare and the biosciences.  

I graduated with a PhD from Queen's University Belfast in 2012. The title of my thesis is 'Taking Education Seriously: Developing Bourdieuan Social Theory in the Context of Teaching and Learning Medical Ethics in the UK Undergraduate Medical Degree.' The abstract and contents page is over on my academia.edu page, chapters are available from me on request. There is a review of the work here.

On this site you can find details of my published work and my work in progress. There is also a page for book reviews. My full CV is here.

I was previously part of the Academy of Social Sciences' Research Ethics Group. Detail of our work can be found here: https://acss.org.uk/developing-generic-ethics-principles-social-science/ The first volume of a book series Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity details the work of that project. I edited the third volume of this series, focusing on Virtue and Social Research Ethics

I am an Associate Editor for the OA Journal BMC Medical Ethics and have recently joined the Editorial Board for the brand new Journal of Applied Social Theory

I also exist elsewhere on the web:

Professionally at academia.edu: http://qub.academia.edu/NathanEmmerich and on Twitter: @bioethicsuk and @bioethicsAus And on LinkedIn.

I also have personal pages on google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/107782864095056216776/posts the facebook http://www.facebook.com/nathan.emmerich and on twitter https://twitter.com/nathanemmerich. You may amuse yourself at my taste in (folk) music over on last.fm.

I'm going to try to start blogging regularly here, really I am.